Well, I’m just going to stop trying to predict when I’ll be done with this. I am still working on the completion of the 2nd album. Things are progressing but they are progressing slower than anticipated. Here’s a list of reasons, or as I like to call them, “excuses”.
1. The songs are complex, very. As an artist, I think it’s important to push the envelope in all directions. Saying that, a lot of the songs on the new album are pretty far outside of my musical comfort zone. I’m even taking my first stab at string arrangements. With every new song I create, I’m having to take a trip back to school and expand my knowledge in multiple areas; from voice, to theory, to songwriting, to production, and on down the line.
2. Life – I’m a relatively private person, so without revealing too much of my personal life, I have responsibilities outside of Munook; and they’re multiplying.
3. I’m an over analytical perfectionist – Because sometimes you have to listen to the 2nd verse of a song 100 times to make absolute sure the kick drum is well balanced, not too busy, robust, and thick.
4. (Spolier Alert) Munook is a One Man Band – I’m the lyricist, drummer, bass player, guitarist, songwriter, producer, vocalist, keyboardist, string arranger, etc. etc. etc. It takes a minute to put all the pieces in place when doing the job of 10 people.
I’ve also recently run into an interesting situation. Let me preface it with a short story. For YEARS I have been kicking around a title; like, over a decade. One that I thought had power, mystery, intrigue, etc. I wanted to use it as a band name in high school/college (don’t believe me, go ask Dirk South), as a song name, or as an album name but it never seemed fitting. When I sat down to create the 2nd Munook album, I thought it was finally time to use it. Ladies and Gentleman, the name of the 2nd album : The Phoenix Project
However, upon doing a google search last week, I found this – A campy looking, independent horror/thriller movie released just this year named, The Phoenix Project. Dude, seriously. I’m almost tempted to stick to my guns and keep it but given my need to be unique with my art, I’m about 85% sure I’ll be changing the name. Very disappointed – some really cool conceptual artwork had already begun, too.
On the upside – I have recently spoken with Dennis Calvert and the lovely girls at the Cullman Ballet Theater School about collaborating with Munook to do a video for a new song. They’re excited and willing. Dennis, operating out of my same small town, does amazing Light Photography work that has recently been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, Digital Photographer Magazine, and The Discovery Channel. We’re going to cook up some neat ideas and integrate them into a dance that will be choreographed by the girls at the Ballet School. Stay tuned.
ALSO – Some live dates are cropping up for the Summer. I’m going to break away from the studio and knock the dust of the live equipment to spread the good word of Munook to some new people in Georgia and the Carolinas. Stop by the tour dates page and check that out if you feel so inclined.
Alright. Carry on.